Category 39: ESB – Extra Special Bitter

Color:
Amber to deep copper
Clarity:
Chill haze is acceptable at low temperatures.
Perceived Malt Aroma and Flavor:
Medium to medium-high
Perceived Hop Aroma and Flavor:
Medium to medium-high
Fermentation Characteristics:
Low carbonation traditionally characterizes draft-cask versions, but in bottled versions, a slight increase in carbon dioxide content is acceptable. The overall impression is refreshing and thirst quenching. Fruity esters are acceptable. Diacetyl is usually absent in these beers but may be present at low levels.
Body:
Medium
Additional Notes:
Entries in this subcategory exhibit hop aroma and flavor attributes typical of traditional English hop varieties.
Alcohol by Volume:
4.80% – 5.80%
IBU:
30-45
SRM Color:
8-17